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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Project Areas

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Whether you are walking, driving, biking or taking the bus, nearly half of the 460 Elevate Denver projects will focus on making our streets safer and more efficient for everyone.

  • Repave high traffic roads and repair and replace outdated bridges.
  • Improve intersections and build sidewalks throughout Denver to create new connections among neighborhoods, bus stops, and rail stations.
  • Coordinate with other planned city work to accelerate delivery to Denver residents.

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By maximizing taxpayer dollars through public and private partnerships, Elevate Denver will provide critical improvements to institutions central to the fabric of our city including:

  • The Denver Zoo
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Buell Theater

Annual attendance at Denver’s cultural facilities is almost double that of the city’s four major sports venues combined. Elevate Denver will ensure these culturally enriching spaces are preserved for generations to come.
 

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By centralizing numerous specialty clinics including a surgery center, expanded pharmacy, and lab and radiology services, the state-of-the-art facility provides high-quality care right here in the community.

Currently, Denver Health provides medical care to roughly one-third of Denver’s population. With a new Outpatient Medical Center in the heart of the city, Denver Health can expand its offerings and provide essential treatment for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, mental and behavioral health, and other treatable diseases in adults and children.

Over the next 10 years, Elevate Denver will upgrade and improve more than 50 parks and 21 recreation centers, offering residents safe, efficient spaces to connect, play, and exercise. These enhancements will improve energy efficiency and update systems for irrigation and water conservation, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.

In addition to these upgrades, Elevate Denver will build a new recreation center in the Westwood neighborhood, a new indoor swimming pool in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood, and an innovative playground and community plaza at Paco Sanchez Park.

For more information about construction and planning around park and recreation projects, visit the Park and Facility Projects webpage.

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Denver’s libraries see more than 1.2 million visitors each year. By investing in new technology, redesigning spaces, and improving accessibility, Elevate Denver will amplify the library system’s community impact.

Through the program, the Denver Central Library will see significant safety and security upgrades as well as an expanded and relocated children’s learning area and event space for improved accessibility. Elevate Denver will make additional improvements at neighborhood branches, including: 

 

 

 

 

  • Athmar Park Library
  • Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
  • Byers Library
  • Eugene Field Library
  • Pauline Robinson Library
  • Ross-Barnum Library
  • Ross-Broadway Library
  • Ross-University Hills Library
  • Schlessman Family Library
  • Smiley Branch Library
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    Elevate Denver will replace or renovate two police stations and half of Denver’s fire stations. Many of these facilities are more than 40 years old and need crucial upgrades. Across the city, 19 fire stations will receive updated equipment, bathrooms, and living spaces to ensure better gender equity. A new fire station will be built at 72nd and Tower Road to meet the needs of our growing city and improve emergency response times.

    Denver Police Stations are outdated and over-capacity as well. The District 5 police station, serving the Montbello, Stapleton, and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods, and the District 6 station, serving the Capitol Hill, Civic Center, Five Points, and Downtown neighborhoods, will be replaced to improve policing operations and better facilitate community engagement.

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    Through structural and exterior improvements, Elevate Denver aims to make city buildings more accessible to residents and city staff. Projects will eliminate physical and communication barriers between Denver and its people by upgrading ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps and improving exterior and interior routes, accessible parking, and visual alarms.

    Over the next decade, six roofs and four HVAC systems will be replaced at city-owned buildings. General repairs will also be made to several city buildings, including:

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    • Richard Castro Human Services Building
    • North East Montessori Center
    • Denver City and County Building
    • Arie P. Taylor Building

    Track the development, design, and construction of current projects on the Project Updates page.

     

    Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives

    Elevating Denver toward a vibrant tomorrow that’s rich with environmental, economic, and community vitality. 

    Achieve the Vision by delivering projects consistent with community expectations utilizing engaging, transparent, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

     

    1. Deliver valuable and high-quality projects equitably across the City that are consistent with the community’s expectations.​
      • Objective 1: Define values, plans, processes, and procedures at both the project and overall program level to provide uniformity and predictability in the performance of each individual project as an integral part of the program. ​
      • Objective 2: Deliver the program using an integrated organization staffed by City and consultants, complying with City regulations and using effective practices.​
      • Objective 3: Uphold a commitment to enrich the community through balanced implementation of the City’s mobility, parks and recreation resources, cultural assets, safety and other public facilities.
    2. Complete projects within the established budget and anticipated schedule, while helping to achieve reduced long-term operating and maintenance costs.​
      • Objective 1: Use effective practices to plan, measure, monitor, and manage the on-time, on-budget performance of the program and each of its projects.​
      • Objective 2: Use effective practices to ensure that operating costs of each project will be kept to a minimum, consistent with projects’ intended benefits following delivery of the completed projects.
    3. Use effective design and construction practices to produce projects that improve quality of life by enhancing environmental, economic, and social sustainability.​
      • Objective 1: Achieve sustainability certification of projects throughout the program, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, Envision, Green Streets, or other applicable certifications, at or above the level required by City executive orders.​
      • Objective 2: Enhance community quality of life through improved natural, social, and built environments for current and future generations of Denver. Support the City’s core business value of sustainability.
    4. Instill effective project delivery and program management practices that can be replicated for the benefit of future City projects and programs.​
      • Objective 1: Build upon and continue to implement effective program management practices and legacy systems derived from the Better Denver Bond Program.​
      • Objective 2: Develop and implement staff development for the program requirements that is scalable for other City projects and programs.​
      • Objective 3: Steward tax dollars through effective procurement and efficient project delivery packages that benefit the community while encouraging participation of industry, including disadvantaged businesses.
      • Objective 4: Proactively identify opportunities for small business enterprise and minority/woman owned business enterprise participation, as well as for workforce development.​ ​
      • Objective 5: Incorporate contracting opportunities for Division of Small Business Opportunity certified firms for professional services, construction, goods, and services.​
    5. Proactively identify opportunities for small business enterprise and minority/woman owned business enterprise participation, as well as for workforce development.​
      • Objective 1: Incorporate contracting opportunities for Division of Small Business Opportunity certified firms for professional services, construction, goods, and services.​
    6. Actively, consistently, and accurately communicate the status of the program to stakeholder groups and the Denver community.
      • Objective 1: Launch public-facing dashboards communicating project information and progress.
      • Objective 2: Engage the community by leveraging multiple communication strategies and tactics to provide project updates, establish program branding, and build community support.
      • Objective 3: Implement effective internal communication to ensure alignment and coordination with other projects and activities within the City.